Nurse, Heal Thyself
By Tonie Minsal
I thought the impetus behind Amy Cocheba's creating
Earth was an interesting one: sheís a
nurse who suffered from chronically dry hands due to all the
hand washing her job requires (I hear ya Girl!). Of course
none of the chemical - laden products on the commercial market
helped, so Amy did what any intelligent crafty babe would do -
she made her own! I sure am glad she did, 'cause her line
Wow! Iíve never tried anything like Amyís Skin Gift Shower and
Bath Butter ($14 for 8oz)! This butter
is a blend of whipped shea, sea salt, and hazelnut oil, and
the texture is like nothing Iíve ever experienced. You can use
it as an exfoliating scrub, or
you can scoop a dollop into your bathwater - I used it
both ways and I loved it! I tried the
patchouli, clary sage, and bourbon geranium blend, and it was
Iím not quite sure how I feel about the
hazelnut oil - it has a really different texture - but me thinks
I like it! This product left my skin soft and smelly. Amy
whipped me up an oakmoss patchouli vetiver blend; she calls it
Beginnings, and it is simply to live for - a must try! Amyís choice of packaging here is just marvy - the jar
fits in your hand poifectly with no jockeying around in the
Iím a firm believer in really simple things: the more you
know, the less you need. You need Whimsical Earthís Sea Salt
Scrub ($17.00 for 16oz), a blend of sea salt, olive oil, and
essential oil. I tried it in Patchouli, and itís amazing.
Amyís patchouli is really green smelling- maybe thatís the
combo of olive oil and patchouli - I dunno, but I like it!
Whimsical Earth also makes fun little Bath Melts (3 for $4.95), a simple but effective blend of cocoa and shea
butters, molded into little bon bons. Amy doesnít add any
fragrance to these, so the natural scent of the cocoa butter
comes through loud and clear. How corny is this: these left my
skin glowing! Itís true!
The Cocoa Butter Bath Tea (2 for $6.00) is amazing! I love
cocoa butter anyway, and Amyís idea of blending chunks of it
with botanicals, and sealing the whole megilla up in a giant
tea bag is fab! I tried the vetiver, ylang, and tangerine
blend, and I was so impressed with the fact that it left my
skin soft and scented all day long!
Amy gets big points in my
book for her tea bags not exploding all over my tub! I also tried the lavender-rosewood blend- man was
it nice. This one blew a gasket in a couple of spots, but
oddly enough, none of the innards escaped! Cool! I was even squeeziní it and staring at all the pretty colored bits in it,
all mesmerized - ooh, ahh!
The Pure Whipped Body Butter ($8.45 for 1.5oz tin) is also really nice.
While the orange ylang fragrance would not have been my first
choice, it was quite pleasant. This is a serious moisturizer -
when Amy says use only a dab, she means it!
Whimsical Earthís straight up
Pure Shea Butter in Earth Rose
(1.5oz tin for $8.65) is what really got me hooked on this
line; Amy blends steam refined shea butter with a healthy dose
of Bulgarian Rose absolute, essential oil of patchouli, and
other goodies, and the result is positively addicting! I always say a bad rose is like a bad pizza - I canít
stomach either one - so a rose has to be really fine to impress
me, and this one is. The texture is just marvy - so creamy and
Have you ever seen those little push sticks that some
companies offer? I for one am not a fan of the stick - to me it
screams "craft fair!" Well, Whimsical Earthís
Hemp Butter Balm and
Triple Butter Foot Care (both $6.95 for a 1oz push stick) sure
changed my mind! The Hemp Butter Balm is moisturizing and not
at all greasy, and the Herb Garden scent is pleasant. Totally fab item to keep in your bag, plus it looks cool.
Care stick smells beautifully of chamomile, and was
wonderfully cooling and soothing when it went on. Finally,
I tried the Aromatherapy Body and Massage Oil (2oz bottle for
$5.95) in Cedar-Lime with a little
trepidation; lime just reminds me too much of vodka gimlets!
Surprise! Another hit! Really nice blend of fragrances here
with a nice texture to boot.
Visit WhimsicalEarth.com to check out these and other fine products.